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10/8/2012 (2 years ago)

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Both cable and network television series are broadcasting series with more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered characters than ever before. Among the major networks, ABC has the highest amount, with 10 out of 194, or 5.2 percent, of their regular characters identified as LGBT. Fox ranks second with six LGBT characters out of 118 total series regulars, or 5.1 percent.

The character of 'Unique,' played by actor Alex Newell on the TV show 'Glee,' is a rare example of a transgendered character on a mainstream TV show.

The character of "Unique," played by actor Alex Newell on the TV show "Glee," is a rare example of a transgendered character on a mainstream TV show.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/8/2012 (2 years ago)

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Keywords: Lesbian, gay, transgendered, bisexual, characters, TV series


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "It is vital for networks to weave complex and diverse story lines of LGBT people in the different programs they air," Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says.

"More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives."

On broadcast TV, gay male characters at 64 percent continue to outweigh female characters at 36 percent, including the transgender character Unique on "Glee."

Released last week, the 17th annual "Where We Are on TV" report found that 4.4 percent of actors appearing regularly on prime-time network drama and comedy series during the 2012-13 season will portray lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters, up from 2.9 percent in 2011, which saw a dip in what had been a growing annual trend.

The group applauded CBS as much improved, with four out of 142 LGBT series regulars, or 2.8 percent, up from 0.7 percent last year. The network's lineup represents "an authentic and conscious effort by CBS to improve its diversity," the study said.

Forthcoming among CBS's new fall series is a comedy-drama entitled "Partners," a comedy about two childhood friends and business partners, one of whom is gay and in a relationship.

Regular gay and lesbian characters on what the study termed "mainstream" cable television has also risen this season to 35, up from 29 last season. Among those networks, Showtime leads with 12 LGBT characters.
 
Of course, many people view this apparently intentional increase in characters who espouse openly homosexual lifestyles, along with the promotion of "alternative" sexual lifestyles now touted as morally acceptable by some in the media culture, as another sign of a growing propaganda effort aimed at nothing less than cultural and social revolution.

However, all Americans can agree on the need to represent the legitimate diversity of the American family as reflected in our National racial and ethnic tapestry. Racial minorities within the U.S. have also becoming more regular on mainstream TV. Compared with last year, African-American representation has grown from 9.9 percent to 12 percent, while Hispanic representation has decreased from 5.6 percent to 4.1 percent.

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